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Benewah County, Idaho
Seal of Benewah County, Idaho
Map
Map of Idaho highlighting Benewah County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the USA highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 23, 1915
Seat St. Maries
Largest City St. Maries
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

784 sq mi (2,031 km²)
777 sq mi (2,012 km²)
7.3 sq mi (19 km²), 0.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,285
12/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7

Benewah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the county had a population of 9,285. The county seat and largest city is St. Maries, which has some area inside the Coeur d'Alene Reservation.

The county was established on January 23, 1915 from sections of Kootenai County and was named for a chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. The federally recognized Coeur d'Alene Tribe is based on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in this and neighboring Kootenai County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 784 square miles (2,030 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.9%) is water. It is the northern part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 95.svg – US 95
  • ID-3.svg – SH-3
  • ID-5.svg – SH-5
  • ID-6.svg – SH-6
  • ID-58.svg – SH-58
  • ID-60.svg – SH-60

National protected area

  • St. Joe National Forest (part)

State protected areas

  • Heyburn State Park
  • McCroskey State Park

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 6,997
1930 6,371 −8.9%
1940 7,332 15.1%
1950 6,173 −15.8%
1960 6,036 −2.2%
1970 6,230 3.2%
1980 8,292 33.1%
1990 7,937 −4.3%
2000 9,171 15.5%
2010 9,285 1.2%
Est. 2015 9,052 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,171 people, 3,580 households, and 2,538 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,238 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.66% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 8.94% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.6% were of German, 11.7% English, 9.5% American and 8.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,580 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 104.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,517, and the median income for a family was $36,000. Males had a median income of $35,097 versus $20,288 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,285. About 10.50% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.20% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,285 people, 3,837 households, and 2,571 families residing in the county. The population density was 12.0 inhabitants per square mile (4.6/km2). There were 4,629 housing units at an average density of 6.0 per square mile (2.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.6% white, 8.7% Native American, 0.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.5% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.5% of the population. In terms of European ancestry, 23.7% were German, 17.5% were Irish, 14.6% were English, 7.1% were Norwegian, and 3.4% were American.

Of the 3,837 households, 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.0% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 44.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,500 and the median income for a family was $41,759. Males had a median income of $37,214 versus $22,348 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,312. About 11.2% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Presidential election results
Year Democrat Republican
2012 29.96% 1,164 66.82% 2,596
2008 33.79% 1,407 63.54% 2,646
2004 28.35% 1,148 69.70% 2,823
2000 24.27% 895 70.68% 2,606

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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